Death; With Other Poems

Death; With Other Poems

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1834 edition. Excerpt: ...thoughts, To shadow forth the Spirit that surrounds, Protects, adorns, and glorifies the world.--Yet genius, nursed on Nature's mighty lap, For him work'd marvels;--on his matchless page, The vast creation lived; both when the voice Of thunder with his music roll'd, or war Of ocean, when the deep-toned winds arose And whirl'd her into storms;--or when he bade The heavens be sprinkled o'er with starry isles, Or damask'd with the crimson clouds of eve, His verse array--magnificent the Muse Appear'd: --around her glowing form the light And breath of nature play'd.--But not to Him, The Architect of all, was incense breathed; An atheistic shade his lines o'erhung: Along his mighty page the Spirit moved More changeful than a cloud; now, beaming forth In all the summer beauty of the soul, Then, veil'd with darkness, and infernal gloom, From whence the lightnings of his passion glared! Yet, had he pleased, he might have hallow'd earth And human nature with immortal lines, Which would have been as revelations shed From heaven: --but in his breast there was a storm, An anarchy of impious thoughts; he loved To play with minds as whirlwinds do with waves! His genius own'd no God, and man was deem'd A chance-begotten shape of dust, --his doom, Annihilation! The principles that form'd The prop of ages, he would mine away, And laugh Religion from her sainted haunts. Thus sang his prostituted Muse, and taught The tongue of fools to be profanely wise; Till lo! a summons from the Almighty came, And he was dust!--his mind the earth appall'd. And men gazed upward on the burning course His genius track'd along the heaven of fame, --As though some meteor through the sky had whirl'd, And summon'd them to trace its dread career! h Another of the lost, who might have lived...
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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236603583
  • 9781236603586